Small businesses experienced a boom in support over the last couple of years and according to research that’s showing no signs of slowing down.
The good news is, if you’re looking to shop small you can use your Virgin Points to spend on Virgin Red with businesses that have received support from Virgin StartUp.
Virgin StartUp is a not-for-profit organisation that offers Start Up Loans, mentoring, advice and support for entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses.
Saint Fragrance is a family-owned, sustainable start-up based in London. Its fragranced candles are carefully crafted using raw, vegan ingredients and are designed to both compliment all home interior styles and enhance wellbeing.
Powdery Skies candle
Lounge above bergamot and musk-infused cloud tops, playfully soaring within a sensual blanket of orris powder and white tea. Sustainably sourced Sri Lankan black pepper and warming Indian ginger snugly blend with fine Virginian cedarwood to leave an understated, yet cosy, trail.
Old Fashioned candle
An ironically modern scent. This candle will deliver a warm glow and unique, resonating atmosphere to any space. The timeless Bulgarian rose oil is framed by a distinctive accord of suede and benzoin, all resting within a shadow of glowing embers and raw Haitian vetiver.
Rose Whispers candle
Voluptuous and room-defining, once lit this modern chypre scent, framed by natural Bulgarian rose oil, unfolds to reveal flirtations of red berries, violet leaf and lychee. A burning bouquet of peony and transparent jasmine smoulder within an eclectic shadow of sumptuous labdanum, white musk and Indonesian patchouli.
Billy Tannery is a Midlands-based business that creates handmade leather goods. All of its products are made from goatskins leftover from the food industry that would have otherwise been thrown away or burned.
This beautiful Billy Tannery leather key wrap is made from two layers of vegetable-tanned goat leather to give extra protection and an opulent feel in your hand. The leather combines softness with durability, making this key case a home for four to five keys for years to come.
Upgrade your wallet game with this quality leather cardholder made in Britain from supple, durable goat leather. This slim little number will fit perfectly in your jeans pocket so no unsightly bulges to be seen. Billy Tannery's goat leather is incredibly durable and hardwearing, so no kid gloves needed.
Freestar is an award-winning alcohol-free and gluten-free beer. It was started by three friends who’d had enough lame alcohol-free beers and sodas, so created a great tasting 0.5% beer.
Freestar alcohol-free beer
Enjoy Freestar beer any time with zero guilt, just all of the great flavour you'd expect from an ice-cold brewski. Savour its crisp, refreshing taste on hot summer days or cold winter nights — it's always delicious.
Potion London is a luxury wellness brand that seeks to take the stress out of supporting optimal nutrition with its range of food supplements.
The Beauty Formula contains 19 vitamins and minerals, developed specifically to help promote healthy skin, nails and hair. Get ready to get your glow on.
Sometimes your body doesn’t get the friendly bacteria it needs. Potion has created a food supplement that provides 5 billion probiotic bacteria alongside a supporting prebiotic base. This multibiotic supplement contains six carefully selected strains of good bacteria for maximum probiotic effectiveness.
Eat Your Greens Supplement
A food supplement packed full of greens, all in one bottle. The perfect way to boost your five-a-day. This food supplement contains 6 organic sources of nutrients – spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, spinach, kale and beetroot.
THEENK Tea is a tea brand that puts your wellbeing at its heart. Its different blends of tea bring various benefits, from waking you up and getting you pumped up for the day to helping you get a good night’s sleep.
21-day tea programme
With names like Morning Glory, Afternoon Madness and Evening Delight, how could you resist this box of healing teas? Created by a herbalist and a nutritionist, you're guaranteed to enjoy and benefit from this programme.
Deluxue wellness gift with THEENK Tea
Everything in this award-winning box, made by small producers, positively supports the environment and your inner well-being. It's a treat that will make you feel fantastic way past 21 days.
Seilich products are made from wildflowers handpicked in Scotland. Their heady scent is even more delicious as they don’t impact the environment, and they're better for your skin.
Handmade cosmetic set
This gift set includes wild rose and mallow face mist and moisturising lotion, delicate perfumes that warm the heart. They'll revitalise the skin within seconds and they smell divine. An excellent pick you up in the morning or relaxant in the evening.
Make your own botanical extracts workshop
At this half-day workshop, you'll learn about botanical extracts, from floral waters and essential oils, teas and tisanes, to infused oils and glycerites. Each technique is demonstrated, and you'll have the opportunity to make some extracts of your own.
Make your own natural skincare workshop
The session begins with a walk through the breathtaking wild meadows at Seilich, where you’ll learn about the plants and why they’re used in natural skincare. Then head to the workshop and put your new-found knowledge to the test to make three separate skincare products of your very own.
art-K provides children with a rounded art education in drawing, painting and 3D modelling. The art class environment is encouraging, inclusive and non-competitive. This allows every student to go at their own pace, developing their unique skill-set. Over time, students grow significantly in confidence, expression and creativity. This confidence can change their perception of themselves, as well as the perception others have of them.
Children's introductory art class
This unique Art-K class gives plenty of one-to-one time to develop your child's skills and confidence. It will stretch their imaginations and creativity, and they'll make some beautiful artwork. A great addition to your fridge collage.
Children's two-hour workshop
Think your child is a budding Picasso or just want them to develop their skills? This experience will ignite their imaginations and encourage self-expression through art.
Rebel Book Club is not your average book club. Whether you want to rekindle your love of nonfiction, form a lifelong habit, or turn book insights into action, it exists to help you up your reading game.
Learn from authors and experts on a huge variety of topics and regularly connect in-person and virtually with a fun crowd who will keep you accountable.
Three month Rebel Book Club membership
You might feel you've got your book game on point, but how about a book club that reignites your love of non-fiction books? Be energised and encouraged to be an open book and read beyond your usual titles.
Six month Rebel Book Club membership
Take a leaf out of someone’s book and join a club that’ll choose and debate non-fiction titles with you. This global online club allows your tribe to vote for the next read, so you’ll be on the edge of your seat. And it’ll help you be more book smart.
Clarity Blend is a family business born out of the founders’ need to reconnect with themselves and nature, and achieve a more harmonious way of life. They created aromatherapy blends inspired by their happy memories of growing up surrounded by the aromatic meadows of the Bulgarian countryside.
Wellness aromatherapy pamper gift set
Choose from 2 luxurious wellness sets for some well-deserved pampering: the Ultimate Pamper Set or the Mind Spa™ Pamper Set. Bring the spa experience into your home with a large pamper hamper, beautifully presented in a fully recyclable eco-friendly gift box.
Pick Me Up pulse point essential oil gift set
In need of a ‘Pick Me Up’? After a long day (or even a short one), come back to the comfort of your own home for some much deserved TLC. These Essential Oils are essential indeed. The collection contains five best-selling Pulse Points Roll Ons: Mind Spa™, Sweet Dreams, Energy Boost, Heart Chakra and Active Life. These five blends each bring their own magic from more restful sleep to instilling a sense of calm to energy-boosting and creative-inspiring.
Home sanctuary diffuser gift set
This set contains a selection of pure essential oil blends that combine beautifully to compliment and enhance each other's properties. In other words, five little bottles of bliss. Perfect to use with any diffusers, the oils are all hand-blended in the UK using vibrant, natural aromas to achieve their divine scent.
Inspired to start your own business? Visit Virgin StartUp for Start Up Loans, advice, mentoring, support and more.
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